How to tell if bacon went bad

Updated July 20, 2017

Bacon is a tasty cured meat enjoyed across the United States for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because bacon is cured, it will stay fresher longer than other uncured meats, such as steak. Bacon comes from the sides, back or belly of a pig and is high in protein, vitamins and zinc. There are several ways to determine if your bacon has spoiled.

Smell the plate or package of bacon. If it has a fresh, meaty smell it is OK; if it has a strong, unpleasant rotting odour it is probably spoiled.

Feel the bacon. Spoiled bacon feels slimy to the touch.

Look at the bacon in a well-lit room. Fresh bacon should be pink with white or pale-yellow fat. If the meat has a green or blue tinge or there is a green liquid or sheen around the meat, it has gone bad.

Check the sell-by date if you bought your bacon prepackaged. If the bacon is past the date and is showing the signs above, it has gone bad.

Wrap the bad bacon in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.


Never consume meat you suspect is spoiled.

Things You'll Need

  • Refrigerator
  • Bacon
  • Plastic bag
  • Dustbin
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Based in Glasgow, Neil White has been writing professionally since 2010. He has a regular column at the online fitness magazine, works as a staff writer for Hammerfist TV and covers Scottish politics for Google News. White has a Bachelor of Science in forest management from the University of Aberdeen.